Recently, I came across this product available for over-the-counter sale. It was one of a number of herbal remedies, each targeting different ailments, that were available at this premises. I was immediately … Continue Reading “Menopause relief: Do not use if pregnant”
Recently, the Irish state’s national Medicines Board legalized the availability of emergency contraception on an over-the-counter basis in high-street pharmacies. The drug, NorLevo, an emergency contraception that can prevent pregnancy if taken … Continue Reading Emergency contraception: Pragmatics, politics, and (just) a little science
Okay, I’m pretty sure that many readers will already have seen this video, presenting a depiction of a “Homeopathic A&E” (i.e., ER) by comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb. After … Continue Reading Views on the Homeopathic Emergency Room
Few commercially produced health products offer as many benefits. According to popular—and medical—opinion, human breast milk is more or less a superdrug. Scientists agree that breast fed infants end up better nourished … Continue Reading Breast milk, genes, and IQ
Professional football (soccer) manager, Ian Dowie, was until recently in charge of Hull City FC in the English Premier League. One of his claims to fame is that he holds … Continue Reading Football manager Ian Dowie, a loss to chemical engineering?
It is true that science is more about falsifiability, objectivity, and empiricism, and less about white coats, bunsen burners, and laboratories. However, it is certainly the case that the common … Continue Reading On jargon
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